There are two car parks nearby the ground which donít charge a lot and offer piece of mind with it being locked during the game and being manned. These are usually £5/£6 respectively and so long as you arrive with a bit of time to spare, you should get a space, (The Grammar usually fills before the Junior School). I usually get to the Junior School at 1.30PM every time and itís only just opened.
The addresses and postcodes for Satnav are below (see map for further reference)
Chater Junior School (On the same road as the away fans only pub, Oddfellows Arms)
Watford, Hertfordshire WD18 0WN
01923 446 686
Watford Girls Grammar School (Closer to Spoons/Town Centre etc)
Watford, Hertfordshire WD18 0AE
01923 223 403
For cheaper parking there are places further out by Watford Junction (30 minute walk or so) or you can find places to park for free in the Cassiobury Park area if you get there early enough, but again, hard to find if you're not familiar and still a fair walk from the ground.
Note: The Girls Grammar School is hidden away with a blue wooden gate in the brick wall, so look out for it, itís opposite the Hall and will have signs around for 'Fuller Life Health and Fitness Centre' and 'School for Girls')
As for pubs, there is the away fans only Oddfellows Arms (also known as Macs Bar) whichís address is:
14 Fearnley St
WATFORD, Hertfordshire WD18 0RD
A typical pub with a selection of lagers, ales, food and also has a BBQ in the garden when the weather permits. This is a 2 minute walk from the Chater Junior School and then another 2 minute walk to the ground, so perfect for those coming in that way. (See the map for reference as to where it is)
Other than this the usual away fans pub will be The Moons under Water (Wetherspoons) which you'll find easily, it's in the High Street and the first port of call as you come in from Watford Junction train station, a typical Wetherspoons pub with the odd ale, lots of cheap lager and cheap/cheerful food. (Depicted by the green spot on the map below)
For those who come in on the train and need a pint as soon as leaving the station, there's The Flag pub immediately on your right hand side as you come out the station, you can't miss it. It's well priced for food and drink, and has big screens/pool tables.
If you aren't so fussed about the colour wearing cheerful visitors and want to sample some real ale or a quieter pub then give the pubs near Watford Junction a try, theres a few to choose from all in close proximity.
The Escourt Arms, Escourt Tavern and the Wellington.
If you come out of Watford Junction and follow the road immediately on your left rather than up the main road (where the taxi rank is as described below) you'll find these easily.
Lastly, if you don't mind a bit more of a trek in search for good ales, then try the Southern Cross on Langley Road (WD17 4PP) or The Nascot on Stamford Rd (WD17 4QS), these are both a very short walk from Watford Junction, when you come out of the concourse, turn right and head up the road to the traffic lights/crossroads and go straight across down Langley Rd, both pubs are a 2 minute walk down there.
Red = Chater Jnr School
Blue = Macs Bar away pub
Green = Spoons
Note: The ground isn't very well shown on there but it's part of the big shaded block that is the hospital.
As for directions, if you're getting the train then leave Watford Junction (itís just off the map above) and follow Clarendon Road (there's a taxi rank up one side and big buildings on both sides of the road) and follow it into the town, when you get to the end you should see a crossing with lights, cross over to the High St and follow it around and Spoons'll be on your right hand side. (keep following the road round to the right after spoons and follow straight to head towards the ground). Alternatively
you can jump on a local train to Watford High St once you arrive at Watford Junction that will land you right in the heart of the town centre and subsequently closer to the ground, but it really isn't that far a walk in the first place. There is also the other option of getting on the Metropolitan line tube from London to Watford which is a nice walk through Cassiobury to the ground.
for a map showing the highlighted routes to the ground from all three stations)
If you're coming by car, come off the M1 at the SECOND Watford junction (Jct 5), and then take the third exit (if you're coming southbound) or the second exit (if you're coming northbound) down the dual carridgeway into Watford (A4008, not the A41) and follow the left hand slips that bypasses the roundabout, then you should come up to a large roundabout where you can go straight on for Tesco or right towards the Town Centre, go right, follow the ring road round until you find Vicarage Road or Market St depending on where you're parking. (for map reference, you will come down Stephenson Way, and onto Beechen Grove then follow the ring road around Exchange Road before turning left up the side roads leading towards Vicarage Road/Parking).
Note: The stretch of Vicarage Road by the ground itself (inbetween Faraline Road and Harwoods Road) will be closed from about an hour before the game until about an hour after the game.
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